Clatsop County, Oregon

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Clatsop County (pronounced /ˈklætsəp/) is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. The county is named for the Clatsop tribe of Native Americans, who lived along the coast of the Pacific Ocean prior to European settlement. As of 2000, the population was 35,630. The county seat is Astoria.



The principal industries of Clatsop County are manufacturing, travel (primarily tourism) and trade.[1][2] Fishing and timber are still important but contribute proportionally less to the county's employment and income than they used to.[citation needed] The county's average nonfarm employment was 17,480 in 2007.[citation needed] About 30% of the lands within the county boundaries belong to the state of Oregon, as part of the state forests. The Port of Astoria was created in 1914 to support trade and commerce.


Astoria, Oregon, the county seat, has multiple tourist attractions including the Astoria Riverfront Trolley, Fort Clatsop, the Uppertown Fire Fighters Museum, and Columbia River Maritime Museum.[3] Seaside, Oregon, noted as Oregon’s oldest ocean resort community,[4] also has multiple tourist attractions including, the Seaside Aquarium, and the Seaside Historical Society Museum. Tourism is noted as one of the major forces in Clatsop County's economy.[4]

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